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A Towering Figure
Zachary D. Carter: The Price of Peace: Money, Democracy, and the Life of John Maynard Keynes. Random House, 2020.
A Towering Figure

HuffPost reporter Zachary D. Carter’s biography of John Maynard Keynes eschews the theoretical to recount a human journey of intense emotion and moral combat.

“Passivity Is Depressing, Activity Is Energizing.”
“Passivity Is Depressing, Activity Is Energizing.”

The doyenne of leadership experts, Rosabeth Moss Kanter, on the importance of advanced leadership in times of crisis, more diversity at the executive level, and the need to reinvent institutions.

“The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”
“The Focus is ‘Enough’ Rather Than ‘More’”

The mainstream economics notion that unfettered growth accompanied by greater consumption and productivity benefits society is false, argues Rob Dietz, Program Director at the Post Carbon Institute. In an interview with getAbstract, he shares his…

“Hello, How Are You?”
You would be surprised how many employees know the difference between an artificial and a real smile. Even if you move the corners of your mouth remotely.
“Hello, How Are You?”

In times when the whole world is wondering how best to get through the current crisis, small things make the difference. For example, taking an honest interest in your employees.

“If a Diversity Expert Can Fail So Epically, Anyone Can.”
“If a Diversity Expert Can Fail So Epically, Anyone Can.”

Tiffany Jana and Michael Baran on subtle acts of exclusion, how to recognize them, how to avoid them and how to deal with them proactively – on both sides of a conversation.

Looking Beyond the Water Cooler
Looking Beyond the Water Cooler

There is no substitute to person-to-person bonding. But there are ways to address the same needs in a new way – or at least to bring more humanity into our online interactions.

A Little Help from the Big State
Daniel Susskind: A World Without Work. Metropolitan Books, 2020.
A Little Help from the Big State

Recognizing that the Age of Labor is ending, Oxford economist Daniel Susskind argues for the Big State to help create a universal income to free people from work.

“Education Ministries Across Latin America Have Been Quite Creative.”
Lima city at lockdown on coronavirus pandemic in 2020 / Photo: Christian Vinces / getty
“Education Ministries Across Latin America Have Been Quite Creative.”

Learning loss, especially among the world's poor, is a major concern following months of school lockdowns. Yet new teaching tools and digital initiatives rolled out during the pandemic could benefit the cause of improving literacy…

Glitz, Glamor and a Very Sad Man
Glitz, Glamor and a Very Sad Man

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby Or: How Not to Be Murdered by Your Mistress’s Husband’s Mistress’s Husband.

“Can You Read Other People’s Emotions?”
“Can You Read Other People’s Emotions?”

What’s going on in our minds remains a great mystery, but cutting-edge research is starting to offer some clues. When it comes to emotions, it turns out, many commonly held assumptions are wrong.

“Our Level of Knowledge About China Is Not Sufficient”
“Our Level of Knowledge About China Is Not Sufficient”

China is systematically trying to expand its influence in the world. China expert Mareike Ohlberg – co-author of Hidden Hand – Exposing How the Chinese Communist Party Is Reshaping the World – speaks of infiltration.…

How to Play the World
Maria Konnikova: The Biggest Bluff. Penguin Press, 2020.
How to Play the World

New Yorker writer Maria Konnikova explores herself by learning to play No Limit Texas Hold ’Em.

The World Post-Pandemic? It’s Not Going To Be What You Expect.
Paolo Gallo
The World Post-Pandemic? It’s Not Going To Be What You Expect.

The “New Normal” has turned into the buzzword du jour. But is the world really going to settle into a new routine following the disruptions of the COVID-19 pandemic? Author and executive coach Paolo Gallo…

“Is Talent Overrated?”
“Is Talent Overrated?”

Do you attribute high performance to genes or deliberate practice? It’s an age-old debate – but recent studies favor the latter.

“Do Not Pass Go and Do Not Collect $200!”
Photo: Julian Hochgesang on Pexels
“Do Not Pass Go and Do Not Collect $200!”

What you can learn about economic policy from the book that inspired the most successful board game ever.

No One Is Safe
No One Is Safe

Cybercriminals are keeping pace with the major transformation steps that many companies have taken in recent months. Here is what you need to know.

“It’s Up To the Users To Advocate for Change”
Brian Solis, photo by Stuart Tracte
“It’s Up To the Users To Advocate for Change”

Has COVID-19-induced physical distancing made our unhealthy relationship with technology worse? Not necessarily, argues digital anthropologist and author Brian Solis. But the time has come for consumers to start demanding for technology that will help…

A Timeless Guide to Communicating
Robert Bolton: People Skills. How to Assert Yourself, Listen to Others, and Resolve Conflicts. Touchstone, 1986.
A Timeless Guide to Communicating

Robert Bolton’s straightforward, workable program to improve your communication skills dates from 1986 – but it’s both timeless and timely.

“How Can L&D Best Support Leaders and Employees in Their Home Office?”
“How Can L&D Best Support Leaders and Employees in Their Home Office?”

By evaluating people’s operational challenges and support requirements at least monthly. And by shifting from striving for perfection to improvisation and learning while doing. Here’s a best practice story.

“How Do I Find My Flow Working from Home?”
“How Do I Find My Flow Working from Home?”

Even if I’m surrounded by a spouse, kids and worries.

How to Talk About Sensitive Topics
Anatasia S. Kim and Alicia del Prado: It’s Time to Talk (and Listen). New Harbinger, 2019.
How to Talk About Sensitive Topics

Two psychologists offer a timely conversational model to help you engage in constructive conversations.

An Insider’s Managerial Manual
Julie Zhuo: The Making of a Manager. Portfolio, 2019.
An Insider’s Managerial Manual

A Facebook design executive refers to her journey from working at a small tech startup to managing hundreds of employees.

“How Do I Prevent and Resolve Workplace Clashes?”
“How Do I Prevent and Resolve Workplace Clashes?”

Yes, conflicts also occur at the fully digitized remote workplace – sometimes even more often and more severe. Here is how to deal with them.

“What Is a ‘Racial Wealth Gap’?”
“What Is a ‘Racial Wealth Gap’?”

Or: Why do Black Americans have far less wealth, higher unemployment and lower rates of homeownership than white Americans do?

“What Are the Seven Principles That Lead to More Effective Learning (And Teaching)?”
“What Are the Seven Principles That Lead to More Effective Learning (And Teaching)?”

And why are there actually seven and not five?

“What Can I Do Proactively To Keep My Skills Up To Date?”
“What Can I Do Proactively To Keep My Skills Up To Date?”

You know that constant upskilling and reskilling are a must if you want to remain in the workforce long-term. But what are your options for future-proofing your skill set?

“Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”
“Lack of Competition Generates Hubris…”

…and unfortunately, this also applies to the economic system the world largely adopted and is now relying on: capitalism. The world’s leading inequality scholar, Branko Milanović talks about global income disparities, resurgent ideologies and the…

“Should Leaders Study History Before Making Major Decisions?”
“Should Leaders Study History Before Making Major Decisions?”

Remember the usual climax of cheesy 1970s horror movie trailers, and that sinister male voice saying “But then…something went terribly wrong!”? If you want to avoid hearing this voice over and over for all your…

“Where Does Motivation Come From?”
“Where Does Motivation Come From?”

Even the dullest job in the world – let’s say, driving the same track over and over again as a racing car driver – can be inspiring. But why? Because inspiration follows motivation!

Ancient Buddhist Wisdom for Turbulent Times
Ancient Buddhist Wisdom for Turbulent Times

Though timeless, the teachings of Buddhism are uniquely suited to cope with today’s fast-paced world.

“How Come We No Longer Hate Microsoft?”
“How Come We No Longer Hate Microsoft?”

It was the “Windows 95” of IT companies, but now it inspires again. How did the latest reboot succeed?

Think Like a Rower, and Other Life Lessons from Sports
Think Like a Rower, and Other Life Lessons from Sports

Organizations increasingly recognize lifelong learning as an economic imperative. But work-relevant learning does not stop at the end of the workday.

“Is Today’s US Economy Safer Than Before the 2008 Carnage?”
“Is Today’s US Economy Safer Than Before the 2008 Carnage?”

Ben Bernanke, Timothy Geithner and Henry Paulson think so. At least, they say, “in some ways.” That’s exactly what should worry you.

“How Do I Innovate Out of Chaos?”
“How Do I Innovate Out of Chaos?”

Some of the most successful companies in the United States started up during recessions, including Burger King, Disney and Fortune magazine. Is this the turning point for smaller but daring companies to make their mark?

Boxing for likes
Gary Vaynerchuk: Jab, Jab, Jab, Right Hook. How to Tell Your Story in a Noisy Social World. HarperBusiness, 2013.
Boxing for likes

Former wine video star, bestselling author and entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk tells you how to hit it big on social media.

A towering presence
John Lewis: Across That Bridge. A Vision for Change and the Future of America. Hachette, 2017.
A towering presence

From a young sharecropper to a civil rights pioneer: John Lewis details his journey.

“Does Commitment to Kindness Mean You Have to Accept Poor Treatment?”
“Does Commitment to Kindness Mean You Have to Accept Poor Treatment?”

No. It means you can hold on to your boundaries without becoming angry.

Cutting through the hokum
James Kwak: Economism. Bad Economics and the Rise of Inequality. Pantheon, 2017.
Cutting through the hokum

How does what you learned in Economics 101 apply to real life? James Kwak finds that it doesn’t apply at all, except in service to the wealthy and powerful.

A One-Man Whirlwind
Gary Vaynerchuk: The Thank You Economy. HarperBusiness, 2011.
A One-Man Whirlwind

Marketing guru Gary Vaynerchuk suggests you learn from him – and from your great-grandparents.

“When It Comes to Innovation, How Do I Balance ‘Core’ Versus ‘New’ Priorities?”
“When It Comes to Innovation, How Do I Balance ‘Core’ Versus ‘New’ Priorities?”

Too often, companies have either a culture that supports rank and hierarchy – which is good for executing projects – or one that supports innovation – which favors new products. Can your company do a good…

Say Her Name!
Brittney Cooper: Eloquent Rage. A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower. Picador, 2019.
Say Her Name!

Rutgers professor Brittney Cooper explains why you should empathize with the rage that shaped her life as a Black feminist battling racism and sexism.

Your Creative Recovery
Your Creative Recovery

How to get rid of that nasty little saboteur sitting on your shoulder preventing you from being truly innovative.

A Good Antiracist Is Hard to Find
Robin DiAngelo: White Fragility. Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism. Beacon Press, 2018.
A Good Antiracist Is Hard to Find

All white Americans are racists, according to sociologist Robin DiAngelo. Does she have a point?

“Turn That Damn Thing Off!”
Photo: Ivan Samkov on Pexels
“Turn That Damn Thing Off!”

With comprehensive home office, team chat solutions have led your colleagues straight into your living room – sometimes even worse. How do you put them outside the door again and get the necessary recreation time?

Talking in Code
Reshma Saujani: Brave, Not Perfect. Currency, 2019.
Talking in Code

Accepting your shortcomings and missteps is the path to success.

Deutsche Thoroughness
Deutsche Thoroughness

As a German who chose to live in the United States for a while, the first thing you miss is not the good old Schwarzbrot – it’s the art of engineering.

A Communicative Introvert
Diane Weston: Small Talk. How to Start a Conversation, Truly Connect with Others and Make a Killer First Impression. Monkey Publishing, 2019.
A Communicative Introvert

Master the art of small talk by giving your complete attention to others and truly listening.

Are We Punishing the Poor?
Nicholas D. Kristof, Sheryl WuDunn: Tightrope: Americans Reaching for Hope. Knopf, 2020.
Are We Punishing the Poor?

Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn detail how US life expectancy is declining as misguided government policies punish the poor. The Pulitzer Prize-winning co-authors weave history and policy analysis into profiles of working-class Americans.

On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration
Photo by Andrew Schultz on Unsplash
On the (Economic) Effects of Immigration

The US government suspended many employment visas through the end of 2020. Does that make economic sense?

“How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”
“How Can You Make Consumption Sustainable?”

It has been suggested that if everyone on planet Earth lived the way we do in the developed world, we would need four planets. Present-day consumerism is unsustainable – but how can it be replaced?